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Uncovering the kiloparsec-scale stellar ring of NGC 5128 (Centaurus A)

posted Sep 11, 2009, 2:54 AM by João Alves   [ updated Mar 22, 2010, 4:47 PM ]
Can you undress a galaxy? Here's how. These are the first steps of a promising new technique explored during the PhD thesis of Jouni Kainulainen and Yuri Beletsky. And what do you see when you undress Centaurus A? An amazingly large and coherent ring of stars and clusters. See the ESO press release here.